Hostage Situation Ends

A Washington County man was jailed after police say he beat an area woman and held her hostage.

It all happened at a mobile home off Silver Lake Road in southern Washington County.

Deputies say they received a 911 call about an armed man holding a woman hostage.

When they arrived at the scene he set the woman free, but he fired his gun several times and took off into the nearby woods.

A chase started and lawmen arrested him a few minutes later. He’s being held in the Washington County Jail in Chipley.

The woman was badly beaten, but sheriff’s deputies say she’s now in good condition.

So far, authorities have not yet released the names of those involved.